MESSAGES 2015 :: MAY 28, 2015


State Superintendent Talks Testing in Latest Blog Post
With end of the year approaching quickly for most students in North Carolina’s public schools, State Superintendent June Atkinson discusses testing in her most recent blog post. She notes while test results provide important information about a student’s work, they are only a snapshot in a student’s overall performance. Dr. Atkinson adds end-of-grade testing is not a movie of a child’s academic career, but a single frame from a point in time. To view this and earlier blog posts, please visit

Exhibitor Registration for EC Conference Now Online
Registration information for exhibitors for the 65th Annual Conference on Exceptional Children is available on the Exceptional Children website at The conference website is updated regularly. Check back often for the latest information regarding the Exceptional Children division’s largest event of the year.

Training Resources for School/District Data Component for Home Base Now Online
Guides to assist school and districts leaders with the School and Data component of Schoolnet are available under Training and Information on the Home Base website at

  • Custom Report: Standards Mastery – District This document guides district leaders through the process of finding and using standards mastery data for Benchmark assessments by comparing schools and performance groups within the reporting functions of Schoolnet.
  • Custom Report: Benchmark Performance This document guides school and district leaders through the process of finding and using benchmark performance data for Benchmark assessments by comparing teachers and standards within the reporting functions of Schoolnet.

Schoolnet Spotlight Features Southern Nash High and Edgecome County Educators
Schools and districts share the spotlight with teachers in our weekly video feature on Schoolnet.

  • This week’s Teacher Spotlight features Southern Nash High School teacher Scott Hendricks. Highlighting the resources available in Schoolnet, Henricks talks about his work with Governor’s Teacher Network. To view this and earlier Teacher Spotlights, please visit
  • This week's School and District Spotlight features Yanisha Mann, Home Base director for Edgecombe County Schools. Mann discusses how Schoolnet has helped prepare staff and students to be “Focused, Connected and Ready.” To view this and earlier School and District Spotlight features, please visit


Featured Publications at NCDPI

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“North Carolina Read to Achieve – What Every Parent of a Third Grader Needs to Know”
Are you familiar with Read to Achieve? Do you know how the program will impact your third grader? Have you heard about reading camps or portfolios? "North Carolina Read to Achieve - What Every Parent of a Third Grader Needs to Know," is a brochure designed to educate parents of third-grade students about the Read to Achieve program. The brochure provides answers to frequently asked questions and links to additional resources so parents can help their children at home. We just received a large supply of the Spanish version of brochure. (50 per pack)
CM195, $8, 2015
CM196 (Spanish version), $8, 2015

What Can a Small Bird Be?
Back by popular demand! North Carolina high school students created this beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book during an arts residency project. What Can a Small Bird Be? is a collection of powerful tales that illuminate character education traits. Bird, the protagonist, embarks on a long journey that leads him to self -discovery by lending a helping hand to a cast of animal friends.
IS174, $5, 2011

NC Early Learning K-3 Progression Booklet
This booklet contains the first iteration of Construct Progressions and Situations developed as part of the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process. The booklet is designed for K-3 teachers, administrators and other early education professionals.
KG121, $4, 2015

K-2 Literacy Assessment Summative Profile
A summative instrument which provides a format for documenting student progress in reading, spelling and writing. (30 per pack)
LA103, $10, 2009